May 4 - 7, 2017

"Eat, Play, Om Shanti- A Journey to Joy"





Gray Bear warmly welcomes the return of Laura Jane to our wilderness campus. A May paradise awaits you; the dogwoods at Gray Bear Lodge are in full, tender bloom. A floating ocean of white dogwood blossoms hover throughout the awakening forests....Winter has surrendered to spring; whippoorwills and tree frogs are calling, the fresh air has a welcome stillness, and the nighttime sky displays a starry blanket. Join us and welcome spring’s promise of new growth with Laura Jane at Gray Bear Lodge. Stone hot tubs, steaming Watsu pools and wood fired saunas erase the lingering winter.....we look forward to sharing this time with you!

We'll begin with guests arriving Thursday (4th) (2-6pm arrival). Dinner is served at 6:00pm; followed by orientation and opening circle. We finish retreat Sunday (7th) with checkout at 11:00am. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the Nashville airport; and you will want to allow at least one hour checkin/checkout time so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.

Laura Jane Mellencamp, E-RYT 500, IYAT 1500, MFCC, founder and director of Yoga Among Friends, has been changing people’s lives for 3 decades. Throughout the various certification programs she has successfully completed, Laura Jane has had the pleasure to study under the likes of T.K.V. Desikachar, Chase Bossart, Kate Holcombe, Richard Miller, Rod Stryker, Ganga White, Tracey Rich, and Erich Schiffman. She has led classes, seminars, and workshops throughout the world for leading organizations and individuals. Laura is known for her depth of knowledge, practical wisdom, and unique ability to transmit yogic teachings and practices to students from all walks of life. She enjoys blending her clinical and counseling training in psychology with her yoga therapy certification to provide her clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicagoland's Integrated Healthcare Network. She recently was invited to present on yoga therapy at the 2016 Urological Conference in Aspen, Colorado in early February. Her background includes the following:

Certified Yoga Therapist, Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, Chennai, India
Certified Yoga Teacher, The White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Antioch University
25+ years of Yoga Teaching Experience
35+ years of Yoga Practice

The cost of the retreat is $750 (shared occupancy) with a $350 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: SAVE $50 if you book and pay the deposit by March 10, 2017. Full payment is due no later than April 20, 2017. To reserve your place please register by sending your $300 non-refundable deposit (or full payment) to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. MC/Visa accepted. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

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All rooms and cabins are shared occupancy. Private cabins may be available for additional cost. Please inquire.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

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Questions? Please contact Adam or Diann

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